Titus Young's Twitter Rants Are One-Way Ticket out of NFL

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IJanuary 25, 2013

DETROIT - OCTOBER 28: Wide receiver Titus Young #16 of the Detroit Lions celebrates after a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks October 28, 2012 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions won 28 - 24. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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To say that Titus Young of the Detroit Lions had a rough 2012 campaign would be the understatement of the century.

Making matters worse, now Young is apparently trying to tweet himself out of the NFL. In recent days, Young has taken to Twitter to discuss his frustrations about anyone and anything he can.

First came his tweets dispelling the notion that he is selfish. Yet Young also stated that if he doesn't get the ball, he won't play anymore, per Ryan Wilson of CBSSports.com.

Do I even need to discuss the contradiction in that statement?

Next up, Young tweeted that if the Lions are planning on cutting him, they should do it already, per Young's Twitter account:

Oh I'm not done, if y'all going to cut me let me go. I'm tired of the threats

— Titus D Young Sr (@TitusDYoungSr) January 25, 2013

Here's another interesting one, also from Young's Twitter account:

Never needed the money Give me a dollar and a ball bet I come back #HallofFame

— Titus D Young Sr (@TitusDYoungSr) January 25, 2013

Notice the hashtag.

Hall of Fame? Really? Slow down, young fella.

All of this after a season in which Young wasn't able to finish because the Lions put him on injured reserve, thanks to several behavioral issues, according to Dave Birkett of USA Today Sports.

It's quickly becoming apparent that Young and the Lions won't be together for much longer, but that could be the least of this troubled receiver's issues.

In the NFL, teams don't like distractions and Young has proven to be just that. If you don't believe me, just ask Terrell Owens.

Whether he is fighting with teammates, lining up in the wrong spots on the field or ranting about private team matters in the public forum of Twitter, Young is not exactly endearing himself to future squads that want to give him a look.

Granted, the NFL is a second-chance league and it's likely that teams will take a shot on him anyway, but Young must elevate his game to incredible levels if he wants to remain in the league. So far, we haven't seen that type of play from him on a consistent basis—only flashes of it.

If Young can't step his game up, it simply won't be worth it for teams to pick him up because of all the baggage he brings with him. This is clearly a troubled young man who needs some better direction. If he can't change his ways, Young will find himself without a job for good real soon.